On the week that sees me hitting my fourth (yes, four years, don't know how thats possible already) anniversary of being out here in LA, I got called by the job to fill in during the day. Thats fine, I'm ok with working days but after a long stint of working on a show in the PM, I'm just used to the routine the way it is, and when it unexpectedly changes, its crazy how your life seems to change with it. First off, who knew that after consistently working out 3-4 times a week for probably the last 4 months, that this week I would somehow lose all motivation to exercise, and only manage one day (which was monday btw, after that the downward slide occurred).
If tired and out of sync could describe the first part of the week, lazy and unmotivated definitely described the latter part. I had hoped to have a Pro Gaming convention video done early this week since I couldn't finish it last weekend, but now it looks like I'll have to finish this weekend, which is sad that a 5 min. video will take this long. There really is no defense for this, but after sitting in front of an avid all day this week and actually having to WORK, I just could not bring myself to do the same thing after getting home every night.
So after toiling through a week of mediocrity that I feel was at least partially brought on by a pretty big shift in my life made me think of a comic I read this week that was dealing with a pretty big shift of its own. However, the results of this first issue could be called anything but mediocre…
Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Paulo Rivera and Marcos Martin
- Matt Murdoch
Well, Mr. Murdoch may have indeed had a rough few years of late, but as Hornhead readers, we've been subjugated to a brutal last year on the title. As much as I've despised Andy Diggle's run on the book, if I'm being honest, the first several issues weren't exactly great, but they weren't all that bad either (and the gorgeous Roberto De La Torre art helped). Diggle was left with a great premise by departing writer Ed Brubaker - Pushed to the edge by numerous enemies and feeling his city was sinking into a crime-ridden cesspool, Matt took control of the Hand ninja clan, in order to proactively rid Hell's Kitchen of crime once and for all.
However, jumping ahead, after Matt took control of the Hand he further distanced himself from his circle of friends and allies, leading them all to think that he was dealing with a rapid deterioration of his grip on sanity. That guess turned out to not be far off, but in the end a more nefarious reason was uncovered (which I called- and yes, I know, I'm gloating in this case, but I was wrong with the I-think-Ult.-Spider-Man-is-being-replaced-by-Jessica-Drew so no, I don't think I'm always right, I just was in this case - oh and its on record here).
But that that was the bad.
This isn't about that.
This is about starting over, taking a deep breath, and (excuse the pun) seeing the world through new eyes.
And no, I am not talking about Daredevil Reborn, which was so bland and uninspired that it was the equivalent of sitting in a room with nothing but white walls, eating plain yogurt, listening to an entire album by Hilary Duff.
This is Matt coming home, and putting the past behind him. He's not looking ahead or behind him anymore, just staying in the moment and using that as his therapy. He even tells Foggy in the issue that this is how he's getting through things and if he dwells on the past any more, he'll literally go crazy (again).
Waid, Rivera, and Martin bring a freshness to this character that has been absent for years, and Waid skillfully reminds us the other aspects of Matt Murdoch that was been underplayed or simply ignored for seemingly forever. For one, Matt has always had an adventurous nature, and the reader is reminded here why he has the moniker "Man Without Fear" (I think kissing the bride of a mafia bigshot less than 5 feet away from said bigshot qualifies as this). Also, his heightened senses are given full stage here, which previous writers tended to treat like "vision substitutes" but by reading this issue we again realize that Matt Murdoch hears, tastes, feels, smells, and in a way, sees the world in a completely different way, which is part of the characters uniqueness and appeal.
And that is what Waid and Co. have brought back to this book in one issue, an incredible sense of wonder, coupled with a brash impulsiveness and carefree attitude - its who Matt Murdoch is, and they're hooked me for as long as they stick around to tell stories. I'll be ready in time to see Matt get a little dirty again, but I'm more than happy to see him enjoy life a little.
Its about time. And you know what? I think I needed this as much as he did.